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Oriental carpets

The carpets we have on offer for you are selected and and imported by us from Iran and neighbouring countries. All the carpets in our range are handmade according to the traditional methods that go back a very long time. We also take back oriental carpets for part-exchange for a new carpet.

Carpets from Iran

Kordi - Amir Rasty & filles Nain Extra fine wool and silk Iran Kordi - Amir Rasty & filles Ghom Extra fine pure silk Iran 204 x 132

Carpets from Afghanistan, Russia, Turkey and China

Antique Pure Silk Panderma - Turkey - Amir Rasty & Filles Antique Russian Bokhara - Amir Rasty & Filles

Symbols and patterns

A little glossary of the main patterns and symbols of oriental carpets:

  • Agstafa: peacock with typical comb-like tail 
  • Spider: protection against insects
  • Tree of life: three levels of the world, heavenly sky, underground hell and terrestrial world
  • Bokhara: =göl=elephant legs, means flower
  • Boteh: small repetitive pattern, leaf-like, symbol of protection and defence
  • Hunting: activity highly prized by shahs, proving their strength and knowledge of nature
  • Ram's horn: virility
  • Dome: représentation of the blue mosque
  • Cypress: symbolises beauty and grace
  • Dragon: symbol of happiness and luck
  • Ear of wheat: symbol of abundance and birth
  • Stairway: pattern in the direction of heaven
  • Leaves: richness of nature
  • Lotus blossom: symbol of power
  • Göl: =boukara=elephant legs, means flower
  • Pomegranate: symbol of opulence and fertility
  • Crane: represents the beauty of nature
  • Gul: "pink", means floral patterns
  • Hebatlu: large central diamond pattern dividing the carpet into 4 spandrels
  • Herati: =Mahi=fish
  • Garden: pattern dividing the carpet into square or rectangular patches
  • Mahi: =herati=fish
  • Marguerite: flower representing the three stages of flowering
  • Mina khani: =marguerite
  • Cloud: symbol of communication and divine protection
  • Bird of paradise: symbol of immortality and reincarnation
  • Comb: symbol of fertility
  • Peripedil: stylised dagger
  • Prayer: protection against the evil eye, often in "mihrab", orientation towards Mecca
  • Weeping willow: allegory of the sad lover
  • Shah Abbas: arabesque decoration composed of the lotus blossom
  • Tortoise: long happy life
  • Vine: shows joy and symbolises the relationship between man, nature and the sky 

Spoken languages

  • French
  • English
  • Italian

Means of payment

toutes les cartes (sauf la diners card), espèces

Practical information

Amir Rasty et filles
Rue de Hesse 4
  • Mon: 13:30-18:30
  • Tue-Fri: 09:00-12:00,13:30-18:30
  • Sat: 09:00-17:00
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